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GALLERY 2010/2011

visual communication practice

Police kidnapping in Toronto


Description of idea

Describe your idea and concept of your work in relation to the festival outlines:

Almost like a soap opera, the repression of human rights prepared and conducted with a scary effeciency. A cinema studio turned into a political prison to pack more than 1000 peacefull people for days without any charges against them.
The worst goup arrestation of canada's history.
Imagine a fascist regime.

What kind of communication approach do you use?

Culture Jamming.

What are in your opinion concrete benefits to the society because of your communication?

The denonciation of human rights abuses.

What did you personally learn from creating your submitted work?

That independant medias are more and more essentials to public right of information.

Why is your work, GOOD communication WORK?

Because I did it for free and I've been doing it for many years.

Where and how do you intent do implement your work?

In Internet and any independant festival. I'd be glad to give a copy to anyone willing to screen it at a public event also.

Did your intervention had an effect on other Media. If yes, describe the effect? (Has other media reported on it- how? Were you able to change other media with your work- how?)

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This is great. Basic, angry, and absolutely essential citizen journalism. Don't wait for established media to give you their truth, get your own. Although the spectre of fascism is evoked, the power of this video and others like it, makes anti-democratic regimes seem less viable.

The success of the piece is that it would be hard to watch without sharing the author's outrage.

My suggestions for improvement are to provide context and a direction for subsequent action.

Regarding context, what specifically was I watching? Background information could even have been provided at the end of the film to maintain a sense of disorientation while it unfolds.

Regarding providing an avenue for action, now that I'm pissed off at the government, police and media, what do I do with my anger? Maybe some relevant activist contacts, politicians emails or links to other material online?

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Entry details


Police kidnapping in Toronto


At the G20 summit in Toronto 2010

Concept author(s)

Olivier D. Asselin

Concept author year(s) of birth


Concept author(s) contribution

Camera, edition, direction, production.



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visual communication practice

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Subfield description

As an independant videomaker I've been covering social and political events since 10 years. I'm now also doing political VJing using documentary images to create a live video performance. I'm located in Montréal.